|Carol Marcel Vadnais
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 9.25.45 Montreal, Quebec
Died: 8.31.14 Laval, Quebec
|How he arrived: Claimed from the New York Rangers in the waiver draft, 10.4.82
How he left: Retired after 82-83 season
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Vadnais' career began just as the NHL was expanding from 6 to 12 teams. Clearly, he brought some veteran presence to
the Devils that first season in New Jersey.
He was a former captain for the old California Seals, as well, so he also brought some leadership to the team.
In his best days, he was also skilled with his passes and his skating. It had lead him to be selected to the All-Star Game 6
times: 3 as a Seal, twice as a Boston Bruin, and once as a Ranger.
Hmm... not exactly a proper send-off on his career, a -32.
There was a plus, though, for his season. He got on the record books as the first Devils' defenseman to score a goal. That
came in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 9, 1982.
He had coached for a brief time after he retired. He served 2 seasons as a Rangers' assistant, then was the headman for
the Verdun Jr. Canadiens in 86-87. To add to that, he also served as a scout for the (NHL) Canadiens. He would later
sell real estate after he got out of hockey completely.
He passed away from cancer. Not sure what kind, but he was living in a hospice at the time of his death, from accounts
from Serge Savard, who was a teammate of his when he broke into the league with the Canadiens.